Government lawyers reject claim NI protocol has ‘shattered’ union

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Legal challenge brought by unionist politicians contests that Brexit deal conflicts with 1800 Acts of Union

The Northern Ireland Brexit protocol has not “shattered” the constitutional status of Northern Ireland within the UK, as some unionists have argued, a government lawyer has told a court in Belfast.

Tony McGleenan QC was opening his defence of the protocol against a legal challenge brought by a group of unionist politicians including the Traditional Unionist Voice leader, Jim Allister, the former Labour party MP Kate Hoey and the former Brexit party MEP Ben Habib.

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